Friday, March 9, 2012

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities In The World - 2012

The new Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey has taken a survey which compares the cost of living in 140 cities from 93 countries and it looks at the prices of goods and services such as food, transportation, schools, domestic help and so on.

New York is used as the base for the Economist survey with a score of 100. The first two cities from this year’s list, Zurich and Tokyo have a score of 170 and 166 respectively which means they’re 70% and 66% more expensive to live in than New York city. The top ten costliest cities were divided equally between Europe and Asia-Pacific.

No city from US broke the top 10, with New York dropping on 47th place tied with Chicago and below Los Angeles. Now take a look at the top 10 most expensive cities in the world of 2012, according to the Economist survey.

1. Zurich, Switzerland

For the first time in the last 20 years, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful cities, Zurich, ranks as the most expensive city in the world, overtaking Tokyo which held this spot for most of the last two decades. The Swiss city had a swing of 34 percentage points and went up four places from last year to take the first spot.

2. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is still 66% more expensive than New York, and was just slightly overtaken by Zurich in this year’s survey. Its index score is almost the same as it was last year.

3 & 4. Geneva, Switzerland

Third and fourth places are split between Geneva, Switzerland, and Osaka, Japan. The Swiss town rose from ninth to third place, thanks to a 30 percent point rise. These major ups came because the Swiss have one of the strongest currencies in the world and thus life in Switzerland costs way more.

3 & 4. Osaka, Japan

Same thing could be said about Osaka, Japan as well. The Japanese currency is also really strong at the moment and even though Osaka is the second most important city of the country, it’s still pretty close to Tokyo in terms of cost of living.

5. Oslo, Norway

The Fifth place on the list is occupied by Norway’s capital, Oslo. The northern life just got more expensive, or so it seems but it’s definitely a price to pay to live in one of the most beautiful cities from Europe.

6. Paris, France

Speaking of beautiful cities in Europe, on the next spot, the sixth, lies one of the most renowned cities in the world, Paris. France has it put here thanks to its exquisiteness and unique style and probably because it’s one of the best travel destinations in the entire world.

7. Sydney, Australia

Sydney is now almost 50 per cent more expensive than the glam and glitz of New York. The coast of bread has almost doubled in the last decade, while petrol prices have risen three times and rice and other expenses even four or more times.

8. Melbourne, Australia

The second city from Australia to make it in this top 10 is Melbourne, which has almost the same prices for everything as Sydney. Maybe Sydney is a bit more expensive because it’s a bit more popular, but they’re definitely close.

9. Singapore

The city state is still one of the most expensive cities in the world, 42% more expensive than New York and over cities like Hong Kong and even London.

10. Frankfurt, Germany

The last in this list but not last in the survey is Frankfurt, one of the most important cities from Germany. Frankfurt is the financial and transportation center of Germany and the largest financial center in continental Europe with the headquarters of seven major banks in here.

12 Most Powerful Couples World

Powerful people are always wise, not only in their field but also when it comes to choosing their life partner. Here we have shorted listed 12 most powerful couples from all over the world. These power pairs have become forces in their industries be it politics, media, tech or TV, they prove that when it comes to cultivating power, two is better than one. Now lake a look at these power pairs one by one... ( SOURCE: Forbes )

1. Michelle and Barack Obama

As president and first lady of the largest economy in the world, with a GDP of $14.66 trillion, and the third-largest country by population (313 million), the Obama couple top the list of the world’s most powerful couples. Michelle - named the world’s eighth most powerful woman by Forbes this year--leads the Let’s Move campaign to tackle childhood obesity. Her fashion choices alone have contributed $2.7 billion to the retail sector, according to the Harvard Business Review.

2. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

A-list actors Jolie and Pitt are box-office gold and press favorites. They earned a combined take-home of $50 million last year while raising six children. Jolie is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and our No. 29 most powerful woman. Pitt has appeared in 63 movies and has won a Golden Globe award.

3. Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z

Beyonce, Power Woman No. 18, released her fourth solo album this year and titled it “4,” partly as a nod to her April 4 wedding anniversary with musician and Roc Nation founder Jay-Z. Both celebrities are among the music industry’s most financially successful and critically acclaimed. Beyonce has won 16 Grammy awards, alone and with girl-group Destiny’s Child, and Jay-Z has racked up 13.

4. Cher Wang and Wenchi Chen

Power Woman No. 20, Wang founded mobile company HTC in 1997, and its sales nearly doubled last year to $9.6 billion. Her husband, Chen, sits on HTC’s board of directors and runs one of her other tech start-ups, VIA Technologies. This techie power couple is a force to be reckoned with.

5. Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller

The designer and founder of DVF has dressed millions of women around the world, helping her rank as our No. 91 power woman. Her husband, Barry Diller, is the current chairman of IAC and a former movie and TV exec, with an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion. Together, the taste-makers are a business and cultural powerhouse.

6. Ellen and Portia DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres has assumed the role of daytime TV’s leading lady this year, ranks at No. 55 on our power women list, and counts more than 7 million followers on Twitter. On her arm is Australian actress Portia DeGeneres (formerly de Rossi), known for roles on Arrested Development, Better Off Ted and Ally McBeal.

7. Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen--Power Woman No. 60--is the world’s highest earning model and a UN Goodwill Ambassador. By her side is all-American New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has led his team to win three super bowls and twice earned a Super Bowl MVP award.

8. Hillary and Bill Clinton

The former U.S. president and current Secretary of State, named the world’s second most powerful woman this year, are among the world’s most powerful people. Beloved by many and hated by some, they are well-known and respected around the globe.

9. Jin Sook and Do Won Chang

The Changs founded “fast fashion” retailer Forever 21 in 1984. Today, it operates 470 stores worldwide, and annual sales are estimated to be $2.2 billion. The Korean immigrants prove the American dream is alive well: they’ve earned billionaire status and Jin Sook Chang debuts at No. 39 on this year’s most powerful women list.

10. Melinda and Bill Gates

Microsoft mogul Bill Gates built up a net worth of $56 billion and his wife Melinda put it to good use. The couple’s Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $25.36 billion since its inception in 1994 to support global health and development. Melinda’s active role helped her rank sixth on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women.

11. Tina Brown and Harold Evans

Editor-in-Chief of both Newsweek and The Daily Beast, media maven Tina Brown—our No. 81 power woman—is married to Harold Evans, former editor of The Sunday Times and founder of Conde Nast Traveler. The journalism power duo is a U.K. transplant to the U.S.

12. Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi

The glamorous power couple founded property developer Soho China in Beijing in 1995, now known for its stylish, modern buildings. Pan is one of China's most popular bloggers, and Zhang--our No. 48 power woman--is a former Goldman Sachs executive who speaks English fluently.

Annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival - 2012

Traced back to 16th century Italy, when itinerant artists would use their chalks to transform pavement into a makeshift canvas, street painting has retained its appeal through the centuries. As in ages past, crowds still gather to watch as fine works of art emerge. The "paintings" last only until the next rain, but the lively spirit and accessibility of the exhibition captivates new audiences each year and inspires lasting memories.

Downtown Lake Worth and the Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce invite you to the annual Street Painting Festival, which claims as the world's largest. The 2-day event transforms the downtown streets with more than 200 street paintings sponsored by businesses, organizations, families and individuals, covering more area than any other festival of its kind in the world. Hundreds of artists converge to display their diverse talents on the asphalt – using only chalk – in styles that range from Renaissance classicism to Cubism and Pop Art. Street performers, strolling minstrels and Mainstage musical entertainment add to the creative atmosphere. And of course, don’t miss the Festival Food Courts, accommodating culinary tastes and thirsts as diverse as the surrounding artwork.

Over 400 Artists use the pavement as canvas to transform downtown Lake Worth into a temporary outdoor museum of original art and masterpiece reproductions. See the streets come alive as the artists transform the pavement into works of art. It happens every February in downtown Lake Worth, Florida. Now, take a look at some more beautiful photos taken during this massive event...

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